Jesus touched Peter’s mother-in-law and she was healed. The text goes on to say that this was done to fulfill what the prophet Isaiah said, "He took our diseases and carried our infirmities. As we said last week, Matthew doesn’t bring this up to prove that Jesus was the Messiah, he brings it up to describe the character of the Messiah. In this case, we hear about the expectation that Messiah will carry their infirmities from exile in Babylon, all the way home to the presence of God in Jerusalem. This is a story about being connected to the creative power expressed in the Christ and through that connection, being brought home into the arms of God.
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Sam Alexander works as a Preaching Coach and as a Persistent Pain Coach - and yes, I sometimes wonder if the two are integrally related :-). He is the former pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and also serves as Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary. His website, www.gracecomesfirst.net describes the breadth of the work he does. Sam is the author of Evolving Christianity; Life After Faith Crisis which is available on Amazon or through his website.